3. Unfermented soy
Soy products like edamame (or steamed soybeans), soy milk, and tofu had a good run of popularity in the 1990s, but in 2016, the dangers of consuming even moderate amounts of soy are well documented. For starters, an overwhelming amount of soy in the US is genetically modified, and while GMOs are categorized as GRAS, or generally regarded as safe, there’s lots of anecdotal evidence that GMOs are not, in fact, good for you. In addition to that, soy has been found to contain compounds that do everything from inhibit your body from absorbing essential minerals to make your blood cells clump together. There’s also a link between soy consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer. The only truly safe way to eat soy is fermented; fermentation destroys the toxic properties of soy and makes its nutrients more available to your body.